Magazine article Screen International

Starfield Unites under the Bombs Team in London

Magazine article Screen International

Starfield Unites under the Bombs Team in London

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Quartet behind 2007 road move shot against backdrop of 2006 Lebanese War reunites for comedy, provisionally entitled London Haram.

UK producer Paul Raphael is reuniting with Lebanese director Philippe Aractingi and actor Georges Khabbaz for an English-language comedy set in London, provisionally entitled London Haram.

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The trio previously collaborated on Under the Bombs, the tragicomic road movie shot against the backdrop of the 2006 Lebanese war, which won the Muhr Award for Best Actress and Best Film in DIFF in 2007.

Maya Hariri of Paris-based Rhamsa Productions, who boarded Under the Bombs at the post-production stage, financing the completion of the film, is also co-producing.

"Khabbaz is a sort of Roberto Benigni, Rowan Atkinson of the Middle East - he's a great comedian," said Raphael. "Under the Bombs was his first straight role... the film was such a great experience that we've always said we want to work together again."

Khabbaz will star as a provincial Middle Eastern man who goes to London to claim an inheritance left by a wealthy uncle. He discovers his uncle's restaurant business was a front for a chain of strip joints. …

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